Betrayal and The Doctor

Clara: “You’re going to help me?”
The Doctor: “Well, Why wouldn’t I help you?”
Clara: “Because of what I just did. I-“
The Doctor: “You betrayed me. You betrayed my trust, you betrayed our friendship, you betrayed everything I ever stood for. You let me down.”
Clara: “Then why are you helping me?”
The Doctor: “Why? Do you think I care for you so little that betraying me would make any difference?”

I knew it was just a matter of time before I blogged about Doctor Who. It’s brilliant and this scene from an episode in 2014 is one that punched me in the gut straight away.

Honestly, I can’t remember the context, I don’t remember what Clara has done to betray the Doctor, but she has and now she needs his help.

She’s shocked when he appears to help save the day (he’s the Doctor after all, “he saves people!”). Yet today, his best friend had betrayed him and all he stood for; instead of running away in the TARDIS, the Doctor comes to Clara’s rescue (he does that a lot).
No matter what she did, and for sure it’s bad, the Doctor steps in again and saves the day. Helping her and restoring their friendship with his presence.

It’s funny how a British TV show can hold such deep truth. When Clara stood before the Doctor needing help, right after betraying him, I saw myself standing before God. Daily I betray him. Some days it’s more frequent than others but most days I do something to betray his trust or to contradict what God stands for. I snap at my husband, I embrace bitterness over contentment, I react with selfishness instead of service.

Over and over in life I find myself in awe of God’s grace and mercy. He forgives, protects, provides and welcomes me consistently into relationship even when I don’t deserve it. I, like Clara, will often doubt his commitment or care. I might think, “Korista, you’ve gone too far now. He’ll never really forgive you for that.” I think, though, that God is like the Doctor in this conversation. He says, “Korista, do you think that I care for you so little that betraying me would make a difference in my extending grace?”

Today, my friends, whether you’re the pastor or the parishioner this promise stands:
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.” 1 John 1:9

As followers of Christ let us rejoice in the grace that God offers and let us point others towards that great grace!

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